Monday, November 1, 2010

Wilshere signs new Arsenal deal

Jack Wilshere
Wilshere made his England debut in August

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has signed a new long-term contract at the Premier League club.

Wilshere, 18, has been at the Gunners since he was nine years old, making his debut in September 2008, aged only 16.

He spent much of last season on loan at Bolton but has established himself in Arsenal's first team this term and has played 27 times for them in his career.

"To be offered a new contract means everything to me," Wilshere told Arsenal's website on Monday.

Wilshere also made his full England debut this year coming on as a 82nd-minute substitute in the 2-1 friendly victory over Hungary in August.


"At this point in my career, when I'm only 18 years old and still learning so much about the game and myself, this is the perfect club, the perfect team-mates, the perfect fans, the perfect backroom staff and most importantly, the perfect manager to help continue that," added Wilshere.

"I've got a long way to go before I can become the player I dream of becoming and I'm sure I'll keep making the odd mistake, but it is a massive help for me having a special manager like Arsene Wenger and so many quality team-mates and the unbelievable Arsenal fans around me. I believe there is a lot more to come from me."

Wenger will be delighted to secure the services of Wilshere, who previously signed a new deal in July 2009.

He became Arsenal's youngest ever league player in September 2008, and the youngest player to represent them in Europe aged 16 and 329 days in November of the same year.

Wilshere's history-making didn't stop there - two months later he became the youngest Arsenal player to represent the club in European competition when he came on as a second-half substitute against Dynamo Kyiv on 25 November. He was 16 years and 329 days old.

And in January 2009, just after his 17th birthday, Wilshere made history yet again. This time he broke the record for the youngest ever player to represent Arsenal in the FA Cup. He celebrated by signing professional terms with the club after the game.

Along with fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey he is part of a bright new generation of players at the north-London club.

The exact length of the deal has not been revealed, but Wenger, said: "It's such great news that Jack has committed his long-term future to the Club.

"Jack is a fantastic footballer with a huge amount of potential, and we have all seen with his performances so far that he is a very gifted player, who could be an extremely influential player at the top level of the game.

"At still only 18 years of age, there is still so much more to come from him and we're all excited by the fact that Jack Wilshere will be an Arsenal player for years to come."

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